This Ramadan You Can Help Transform the Life of a Child Like Hala
Hala was four years old when she was crushed between a car and the wall in a garage. She suffered horrific internal injuries which shattered her pelvis and pushed her bladder out of place.
She received basic treatment in Palestine but, due to limited resources and the complexity of her injuries, doctors were unable to repair the internal damage. She was discharged with her bladder emptying via her rectum: this caused severe infections making her constantly unwell, so surgeons in Palestine gave her a colostomy.
Hala’s mother, Tahane, desperately sought help for her daughter, but was rejected by hospitals in the United States, United Kingdom and even one in Australia, because Hala’s case was too complicated. Eventually, Children First Foundation together with Cabrini Hospital Malvern, stepped in and brought Hala to Australia for life-changing surgery in 2012.
The complex surgery restored Hala’s bowel and bladder function. After almost a year of recovering at the Children First Foundation Retreat, Hala returned home to Palestine with a brighter future ahead of her.
Your support this Ramadan will enable more children, just like Hala, to receive the medical care they desperately need.
Sometimes surgery is needed to save a child’s life; sometimes to change it – enabling them to attend school, live, walk and run pain-free or simply to become a more active member of their community.
Watch the video below to see more children’s life-changing transformations:
It is only through the support of generous people like you that these children are able to get the help that they need.
Choity from Bangladesh was born with three legs and complex anatomy that required her to wear a colostomy. As if life wasn’t hard enough for this little one, she also had limited vision. and complex anatomy that required her to wear a colostomy. As if life wasn’t hard enough for this little one, she also had limited vision. She was referred to Children First Foundation and brought to Australia for ground-breaking surgery in 2016.
The surgery here revealed she was actually a twin who had taken over the lower body of a sister so it became a living part of her, with two sets of organs in her lower abdomen. But in a remarkable and unique operation, the surgical team were able to build and then reconstruct her internal organs so successfully that she can not only function like any other child, but will be able to one day become a mother.
Formerly conjoined twins, Nima and Dawa from Bhutan were referred to Children First Foundation and brought to Australia for life-saving surgery in 2018. A team of 18, including surgeons, anaesthetists, technicians and theatre nurses, were involved in the complicated operation at The Royal Children’s Hospital to separate Nima and Dawa, who were joined at the chest and abdomen.
Just 16 days after the complex procedure, they were given the all-clear and discharged from the hospital. The twins spent the next four months at The Children First Foundation Retreat where they were cared for by Bhumchu, staff and volunteers as they learnt to live life as two separate girls. The girls will soon celebrate their fourth birthday – a milestone that Mum, Bhumchu thought they’d never reach.
In a remote island of Vanuatu, little Jack was born with a large lump on his tiny face. Fearful that he would hurt himself, and to keep him away from curious eyes, his mum Boufa was careful to shield her son from others. By a sheer stroke of luck, some visitors from Victoria came across Jack. Seeing the large bump on his face, they were eager to help and referred him to Children First Foundation. Upon further investigation, it was discovered the lump was not simply cosmetic but a life-threatening encephalocele. Jack was rushed to Australia for life-saving surgery in 2018. Now back at home, Jack is thriving. His mum says “Jack no longer has headaches, he is always playing and never sits down!”.
Born with a condition known as clubfeet, seven-year-old Chien from Vietnam had never walked. He relied on his school friends to carry him on their backs or inside he could scoot around using his arms. Unable to access appropriate treatment in Vietnam, life for little Chien was extremely challenging. Thankfully, after successful treatment in Australia, Chien recently started the 2020 school year with a bang – walking on his own feet.
All these children have their own stories and challenges but one thing is the same for them all. They need someone like you to be the difference in their lives. During this month of compassionate giving, you can help ensure that children like Hala, Choity, Nima and Dawa, Jack and Chien get the medical treatment they so desperately need and chance to transform their lives.